Decking is very versatile. It can be laid to form many types of pattern, it can be suspended over an area and different levels can be created easily. Hardwood and softwood timber can be used, both with a life-span exceeding 20 years and comes either grooved or plain. Various maintenance issues apply to the different types of decking, as some need treating and some do not.
Pergolas and ballustrading are perfect partners for decking (see separate ‘Pergolas /Arches‘ section for more pictures).
Disadvantages of decking are mainly, the annual maintenance programme needed (if you stain or colour your deck), and the fact that it can become slippy if it is laid in a shady area.
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